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Residential-scale woody biomass utilization technologies

Forest-based Bioenergy for Michigan's Upper Peninsula

TOPIC(S): Woody Biomass Utilization, Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Interest in wood-based bioenergy is greatly increasing as people look for renewable and alternative forms of energy.  This is especially true in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where nearly 80% of land is in forest. This workshop, held on 10 March 2009, brought together foresters, natural resource professionals, loggers, forest industry members, conservation districts, government organizations, and others to explore the future of woody biomass utilization in the region and what that might mean for local forests, economies, and communities.

Funding for this project was provided by the National Association of Conservation Districts

 

The workshop agenda and copies of all presentations are available at: http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/niacs/tools/bioenergyworkshop/

 

A Market-Based Approach to Community Wood Energy: An Opportunity for Consulting Foresters

Monday, January 19, 2009
Forest Guild Report Identifies Opportunities for Consulting Foresters in Community Wood Energy

November 26, 2008 - A new report released by the Forest Guild, A Market-Based Approach to Community Wood Energy: An Opportunity for Consulting Foresters, identifies the benefits of community wood energy for rural communities and highlights the central role consulting foresters can play in successful projects. The report utilizes lessons learned from Forest Guild community wood energy pilot projects in Bristol, Vermont and the Mahoosuc Region of Maine and New Hampshire as well as from discussions with Forest Guild members. The report defines a role in these community projects for consulting foresters to develop local networks of family forest landowners to supply wood fuel that is Sustainable, Efficient, Local and Fair (SELF). In addition to consulting foresters, this report may also be of interest to landowners, policy makers, and community activists.

 

Michigan Requires 10% Renewable Electricity by 2015

Thursday, November 06, 2008
TOPIC(S): Michigan Energy Policy
SOURCE: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/news_detail.cfm/news_id=12029

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm approved an energy package on October 6 that includes a requirement for 10% of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2015.

 

Harnessing the Power of Local Wood Energy

Thursday, November 06, 2008
TOPIC(S): Local biomass utilization; Sustainable energy production

Harnessing the Power of Local Wood Energy is a community resource guide, written by Caitlin Cusack, that weaves technical information with the personal stories of community members who want to heat their local school with sustainably produced woodchips. It details how a rural community can take advantage of the cost savings of wood energy while assuring the wood is sourced and utilized in a "Sustainable, Efficient, Local, and Fair (SELF)" manner.

 

Biomass success - wood powered pickup truck

Tuesday, June 24, 2008
TOPIC(S): Wood-powered pick-up truck, vehicle, gasifier, liquid fuel

Wayne Keith has converted his pickup to run on scraps of wood from his Alabama (US) sawmill. The heart of the wood-powered vehicle is a gasifier, which basically converts solid fuels into gaseous ones. Though the fuel in their tanks is liquid, gasoline and diesel engines actually run on vapour. Thus, the wood gas produced in a gasifier (also known as producer gas or syngas) will burn in a gasoline or diesel engine with only minor modifications to the motor itself.

 

Lumber Mill Inaugurates Alternative Energy Plant

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
TOPIC(S): Cogeneration with woody biomass, electric power

A newly minted 1.5 megawatt cogeneration plant capable of producing electricity for up to 1,500 homes was fired up Friday at the Rough & Ready Lumber Co. sawmill. In addition to producing electricity, the $6 million plant will create up to a dozen jobs, including two new jobs at the mill and seven to 10 jobs in the woods, said Jennifer Krauss Phillippi who, along with her husband Link Phillippi, manage the family-owned sawmill.

 

Georgia Power Seals Deal for Additional Power From a Renewable Generator

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
TOPIC(S): Electric power from woody biomass
Georgia Power recently added another company to its growing list of independent renewable energy producers that have committed to a long-term contract from a renewable generation source. Georgia Power and Greenway Renewable Power LLC, an affiliate of Rollcast Energy Inc., penned a 15-year deal for electricity that will be generated from environmentally-friendly wood waste. The power will come from a biomass-fueled facility to be located near Franklin in Heard County. The material used to make electricity will come from timber harvesting residuals and collection of non-commercial tree species,
tree-thinnings, lumber scraps and wood waste reclaimed from landfills.
 

Georgia Power Seals Deal for Additional Power From a Renewable Generator

Wednesday, July 02, 2008
TOPIC(S): Electric power, wood waste, thinning, harvest residuals
Georgia Power and Greenway Renewable Power LLC, an affiliate of Rollcast Energy Inc., penned a 15-year deal for electricity that will be generated from environmentally-friendly wood waste. The power will come from a biomass- fueled facility to be located near Franklin in Heard County. The material used to make electricity will come from timber harvesting residuals and collection of non-commercial tree species, tree-thinnings, lumber scraps and wood waste reclaimed from landfills.
 

UP Pellet Stoves

Monday, March 24, 2008

COMPANY:  UP Pellet Stoves

CONTACT PERSON:  Joe D'Ambrosio

TELEPHONE:  906-346-5341

EMAIL ADDRESS:  joeandsons@netzero.net

MAIL ADDRESS:  93 North Pine St., Gwinn, MI 49841

WEBSITE:  http://www.uppelletstoves.com/index.html
 

Forest-based Bioenergy for Michigan's Upper Peninsula

DATE(S): March 10, 2009
LOCATION: Peter White Public Library, Marquette, Michigan
 
This page last updated on 3/25/2008.
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